Back in December, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) put out a request for proposals to develop three lots, making up more than six acres on D and E streets next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.
Two local developers have submitted bids for mixed-use developments. They include a potpourri of features to sweeten the pot, like a grocery store, retail, life science buildings, and a landing pad for “flying taxis” that haven’t even been developed yet.
Wait, wut? Flying taxis? Yes, flying taxis. You can read about the proposals here.
On Tuesday, the MCCA announced they have decided to back away from the proposed plans. They also announced they would be requesting modified proposals in June.
According to the Boston Business Journal, the MCCA did not give the reasons for canceling the project but suspects it has something to do with the local South Boston elected officials’ opposition to the lack of transparency in the process.
You can read all the details via the BBJ here!
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
Evidently the two finalists who bid legitimately aren’t the favored developers for the senator from South Boston. The Cronin Group is one of the best developers and most benevolent businesses to the South Boston community, The Hines Group. Is a world wide leader in development with accomplishments too numerous to mention. So why the rebidding? Watch who ultimately wins the bid, compare it to political contributions to certain South Boston elected officials & you’ll figure it out. Sad but true !
We need more green space and open space in our neighborhood. The BCEC should be working with the community and the helping to slow climate change.